You might have heard that the future of Weardale Railway was under threat after its US parent company went into administration.
The Auckland Project, based in Bishop Auckland, has purchased the Weardale Railway and plan to work with the local community and other stakeholders to find a new future for the railway. In the long term, we hope it will be a popular destination for tourists and that it might also help to connect communities in the dales with Bishop Auckland and the broader transport network.
We are currently in the process of finalising our licence to be able to operate the railway; when all the paperwork is complete, we’ll be working hard to get the track in good order and our fantastic volunteers ready to start a brand new season. We won’t be scheduling any services or events until this is complete, and we look forward to welcoming you in the future.
In the meantime if you have any questions please contact us on [email protected]
THE STORY OF WEARDALE RAILWAY
Weardale Railway was once a part of the historic Stockton and Darlington line with a terminus at Wearhead. Weardale Railways CIC owns 16 miles of track between Bishop Auckland and Eastgate in Weardale, County Durham. Weardale is a beautiful area, much of which falls within the North Pennies AONB, and is a fantastic place for outdoor pursuits including walking, cycling, and watching the local wildlife. Our railway currently runs between Witton-le-Wear and Stanhope Station, nestled in beautiful Stanhope. Join us for a scenic ride on this historic railway today!